Please click here to view pictures from our

40th Anniversary Tea.



Upcoming Events

The Law Firm and Corporate Counsel Committee Brown Bag Lunch Series

February 05, 2015
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Beveridge & Diamond PC
1350 I St. NW., 6th Floor Conference Room
Washington , DC 2005

Stay or Go – Determining How or When to Make the Transition to Another Firm/Office

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February 14, 2015
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Washington Center for Aging Services
2601 18th Street, NE,
Washington, DC 20018

Join us for BINGO at WCAS!

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GWAC & WBA Career Fair

February 21, 2015
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Please join us!

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Charlotte E. Ray Reception

February 25, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

The 27th Annual Presentation of The Charlotte E. Ray Award to Kirra L. Jarratt

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2015 Annual Auction

April 10, 2015
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Loews Madison Hotel
1177 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Annual silent and live auction to raise funds for GWAC's charitable activities

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National Bar Association 2015 International Affiliates Meeting

May 06, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



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January Member Spotlight

Christina M. Butler


Christina is currently an attorney within the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Energy in the Litigation Division.  In her practice, she handles multifaceted information and privacy law matters and Congressional oversight inquires and investigations.  She has three years of experience as a Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act attorney for the Federal government.  Previously, Christina was an associate attorney at the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosemann LLP in Chicago.  At Katten, she focused her practice on complex commercial litigation, including defending clients against alleged violations of securities laws and handling internal corporate investigations involving allegations of fraud and misconduct.  She also litigated real estate debt recovery matters for national and regional banks and insurance companies.  Christina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University, magna cum laude and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.  Christina currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a member of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.


Christina is currently GWAC’s Recording Secretary and has held this positon for the past two terms.  She keeps the minutes of the meetings of the GWAC Board and ensures that all GWAC records are properly maintained and filed.  As GWAC’s Recording Secretary, she has oversight responsibility over the Community Outreach and Legislative Affairs committees.  Christina is also a member of GWAC’s 40th Anniversary Committee.


Please use the link below to nominate a member that should be in the spotlight.

Member of the Month Nomination Form

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We are still accepting new members.  We would love for you to be part of our organization.  We have several career, social, and professional development events planned for this year.  Remember, membership has its advantages, such as access to the GWAC job bank and an invitation to some of our signature events.

We hope you consider joining our organization. Regular Membership is $65, Graduate Membership is $30 (graduated within the past two years), and Student Membership is $15.


Welcome!  This is the official website of the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC).  It is a very exciting time, as we are celebrating our 40th year anniversary.  I am humbled and honored to serve as President for the 2014-2015 bar year.  My priorities are as follows:

1. Increase Pro Bono Service
Providing legal services pro bono is integral to the success of our justice system.  I became a lawyer to help the poor.  I believe it is imperative that every person who walks through the courthouse doors has access to affordable legal representation.  I plan for GWAC to partner with local legal services organizations to ensure that we do our part to contribute to this critical need.

2.  Strengthen Region XII
I plan for GWAC to work closely with the Washington Bar Association to foster more collaboration between our respective organizations.

3.  Connect with our seasoned, esteemed members
I am pleased to announce that we recently amended our bylaws to establish a Past President Advisory Council.  The Council consists of past GWAC presidents who serve as an expert resource and provide support, guidance, and assistance as needed.

GWAC is comprised of very strong, dynamic women who are changing the world.  I am confident that we will achieve these three ambitious goals with ease.

In closing, please feel free to contact me.  I welcome your feedback and look forward to you joining our membership

Thank you!

Melanie Bates
GWAC President


Please click here to view pictures from our 2013-2014 Judicial Reception.